Patrick Mahomes is as multifaceted as they come! When the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is not throwing footballs, he devotes his time to a noble cause. In celebration of completing four years of the “Read for 15” initiative. T-Mobile Center was buzzing with laughter, cheering, and dancing as the three-time MVP spread his ‘Magic’ among the kids.

The step encourages young students to delve into reading for 15 minutes every day outside the school schedule. In collaboration with the ’15 and the Mahomies Foundation’ and ‘Lead to Read KC,’ the commemoration hosted about 3,000 kids for the celebration. The non-profit initiative provides volunteers to get kids engaged in the hobby of reading by conducting one-to-one sessions with students of high-need elementary schools in the region. They celebrated their four years on Friday, having achieved over 20,000 participants.


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Mahomes’ entry was met with an uproar of applause and cheers from the students. He also conducted a reading of “We’re All Weird!” by Kristen Heath, which normalizes the idea of being unique and different and aims to remove the fear of being perceived as “weird.” Doug Walker and the author joined the QB in the reading. A segment of the book mentions putting ketchup on cotton candy as an example, which got the disapproval of the majority of kids. Mahomes, however, chipped in by expressing his love for ketchup, as per KCTV.

The ’15 and the Mahomies Foundation’ was set up by the Chiefs star in 2019 with the aim of improving children’s lives with a focus on “health, wellness, and communities in need of resources.” The Patrick Mahomes’ dedication to the cause is crystal clear, and he was even nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Award for his efforts in community service.

Patrick Mahomes loses out to Cam Heyward for the Walter Payton Man of the Year

When he was nominated for the esteemed award to honor a player’s efforts in philanthropy and creating a positive impact in society, Mahomes was overwhelmed. Each of the 32 teams nominates one player who has made significant contributions to a cause, and the star quarterback was the Chiefs’ pick.

Calling the nomination the biggest honor, Mahomes talked about how much it meant to him being a father himself, working to help other kids through the ’15 and the Mahomies.’

As a dad of two, it means the world to me to be able to provide opportunities and support to underserved youth, and my family and I are so humbled to be in the running for an award that means so much to the Chiefs organization and to our community,” Mahomes said in a statement. “It’s crazy to see the way 15 and the Mahomies has grown and continues to make more and more of a difference for kids here in Kansas City, across Texas, and beyond.”


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However, Cam Heyward took home the honor to Pittsburgh. The defensive tackle was awarded for his multiple programs in the region, including ‘Pittsburgh is Stronger than Cancer’ and ‘Voices of Hope Scholarship,’ among many others. The six-time nominee got the league’s most prestigious honor in February and quoted his father as his inspiration.

Doing the work (in Pittsburgh), it started for me because it is something my dad built before I was even born,” said Heyward.


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NFL players like Cam Heyward and Patrick Mahomes keep the spirit of sportsmanship alive, not only on the field with the ball but also in their community. Not only are they great role models for their young fans but also fulfil their duty of being responsible citizens.